RELATIVES of missing sailor Timmy MacColl are planning to return to Dubai to search for answers over his disappearance.
Leading Seaman MacColl, 26, from Gosport, has been missing since May last year.
He was last seen by a shipmate from Portsmouth-based warship HMS Westminster getting into a taxi outside a nightclub in Dubai.
Now his family are flying back to the United Arab Emirates to meet officials there.
They will travel in the next few weeks after an anonymous benefactor offered to pay for their flights.
Brenda Cunningham, the grandmother of LS MacColl’s wife Rachael, said: ‘It’s been a long and rocky road but we are getting somewhere at last.
‘This family will never give up for the answers we need.
‘We fight on to get answers and we will not back down.
‘We fight for Timmy and every service person, it could happen to any one of them.’
As reported in The News, LS MacColl was last seen in the early hours of May 27 last year.
He was seen getting into a taxi outside a nightclub in Dubai for the short journey back to his ship, berthed in Port Rashid.
But he never made it to the ship and has not been seen since.
Last year the family launched a petition calling on the Dubai and British authorities to keep the family in the loop during the investigation.
The petition has since received more than 14,000 signatures.
In October the family joined forces with the Royal Navy and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage to launch a fresh appeal for information.
Dubai authorities previously told LS MacColl’s family his fate could be one of seven scenarios.
The scenarios are that Timmy went AWOL of his own volition; he was kidnapped by criminals or terrorists; he was murdered; he is in a prison cell and nobody’s been informed; he is in a hospital and hasn’t been identified; he has fallen into the water at the port or he has fallen down one of the deep drains around the port.
His family do not believe he has disappeared of his own accord.
The family’s petition can be found by visiting change.org and searching for Timmy MacColl.